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Holley's Home Furnishings

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 5/29/2015 2:52:00 PM

In 1949, at the age of 18, Austin Holley began work at Forbus Furniture in Alexander City, Alabama. After three years with Forbus Furniture, Austin spent two years serving in the United States Army. Austin returned to Alexander City in 1954 and went to

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A great day for Alex City’ as Korens picks area for new plant

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 5/27/2015 7:30:00 PM

Chalk up another victory for Alexander City. The Lake Martin Economic Area Economic Development Alliance and the city of Alexander City officially announced that Korens, a Korean-based auto parts manufacturer, will locate a plant here in what was the old

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Mr. Marion Denny Taunton

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 5/27/2015 2:54:00 PM

Mr. Taunton passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at University of Alabama Hospital. He was born on March 19, 1931 in Alexander City, Alabama to Frances Marion Taunton and Cora Beatrice Cullars Taunton. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and chopping wood

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Annual paddleboard race to raise funds for Children’s Harbor

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 5/27/2015 1:00:00 AM

Local paddleboarders will have an opportunity to hit Lake Martin this weekend for a good cause. The annual Paddle for a Purpose paddleboard race will be held Saturday, May 30, on Lake Martin at Children’s Harbor. Hosted by Lake Martin Dock Company and

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Weekend remains relatively safe, quiet

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 5/26/2015 7:06:00 AM

Despite an estimated 15,000 boaters on Lake Martin and an influx of visitors into the area, local law enforcement say it appears to have been a relatively safe weekend on the water and area roads. While complete numbers were not available as of noon Monday

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Length: 880 Miles
• Surface Area: 41,150 Acres
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
• Length: 31 Miles
Lake Martin is a man-made reservoir located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama on the Tallapoosa River. It was formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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